Microsoft is naming names of the first PC makers and mobile carriers who are committed to building and supporting Windows 10 “Always Connected” PCs.
During the Microsoft keynote at the Computex show on May 31, officials provided a list of expected vendors of the first Qualcomm ARM- and next wave of Intel-based PCs that will include support for built-in LTE/eSIM technology. Microsoft and its partners are referring to these PCs as “Always Connected.”‘ eSIM is an electronic SIM technology that will make it easier for users to choose and activate their data plans.
Among those vendors committed to making Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Always On PCs are ASUS, HP and Lenovo, officials said. Intel showed off earlier this week several new Intel-based Always Connected Windows 10 PCs from Acer, Dell, Huawei, HP, Lenovo and MSI. In addition, VAIO and Xiaomi are committed to making Always Connected PCs.
Always Connected PCs are mobile devices that will provide full Windows 10 (not a stripped down version), LTE/eSIM connectivity and longer battery life. Intel officials say there are more than 30 Always Connected Intel-based PCs in market already.
The new wave of LTE/eSIM-capable Always Connected PCs are coming “within a year,” Microsoft officials are saying. Qualcomm officials recently said to expect at least some Windows 10 on ARM devices before the end of calendar 2017. Today, a Qualcomm spokesperson wouldn’t provide a firmer timeframe for the coming Windows 10 on ARM devices beyond saying “soon.”
Mobile operators who will support Always Connected PCs with eSIM include AT&T, BT/EE, DTAG/T Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, Tele2, Swisscom, 3, KDDI, Gemalto, Oberthur, Gigsky, Transatel.